Thursday, September 22, 2016

I Missed It

"Look for beauty where it is not supposed to be found." 
-  Claes Oldenburg
"Unexpected intrusions of beauty.  This is what life is."  
 -  Saul Bellow

I missed it.

Driving down the gravel drive my heart sank.   The sunflowers were finished...kaput...their heads hanging low.  Only a few small sunflowers, the 'second wave' I was told, were sparsely popping up here and there.  Definitely not the field of yellow I was expecting.

The same field bloomed later last year, in the beginning of October, and were tall with an abundance of large bright sunflowers.  This year the field's sunflowers bloomed early and their stalks were short, only about chest high.  

Spotting a few small sunflowers in the distance made it clear which way I wanted to walk, the middle of the field.  The short sunflower stalks made it easier to follow the neatly planted rows to my destination, their heavy heads hitting my hips as I passed.

After taking a few pictures, I looked around.  I was so focused on getting a sunflower picture I didn't notice all the critters in the field with me.

The grasshoppers were holding their breath hoping I would pass without seeing them...they were wrong.  

I interrupted a bee while he was working, he buzzed angrily at me then went back to his business. 

There were plenty of other flying and crawling critters too.  I kept my eye out for slithering critters...but thankfully never saw any.  

The sunflower field was way past its prime, but the field was still alive and humming with activity...and beauty.  It was just up to me not to miss it.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall Is In The AIr

Summer ends and autumn comes, and he who would have thought it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night."  -  Hal Borland

Summer is definitely winding down.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Beauty In The Details

"In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion." 
-  Albert Camus
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."  -  Buddha." 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Few Photography Quotes

"To me, photography is an art of observation.  It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." 
 -  Elliott Erwitt

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Caprese Salad

"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients."  -  Julia Child

My favorite recipes are the simple ones...the recipes I can remember off the top of my head with the fewest ingredients.  The very best recipes are the ones I can use fresh, in-season ingredients from the farmer's wagon down the road and my own basil.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Little Bit Of Paradise

"If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it."  
 -  Willy Wonka

This summer I found a few little pieces of paradise.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Is Here!

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."  -  Sam Keen
"Some of the best memories are made in flip flops."  -  Kellie Elmore
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing , the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."  -  James Dent

Thursday, June 16, 2016


"Sometimes you will never know the value of something until it becomes a memory."  -  Dr. Seuss
I love the smell of peonies.